KUALA LUMPUR: A group of Taiwanese nationals arrested in Malaysia over Macau scam will not be deported to China just yet as investigation into their case is still ongoing.
Malaysian officials refused to divulge the exact number of Taiwanese involved except to say the Immigration Department would not be deporting them until investigation was over.
The case attracted international attention after news wires reported that the Taiwanese government was seeking to prevent its citizens from being deported to China amidst an on-going tussle over jurisdiction in such cases.
The Government is expected to release a statement on the issue soon.
In a new development late yesterday, Taiwan's foreign ministry said Malaysia had deported 20 of them to Taiwan following negotiations.
AFP reported that Taipei "will continue to negotiate with the Malaysian Government so the remaining 32 Taiwanese suspects can return to our country soon to face investigation", it said in a statement.
Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigations Department (CCID) director Comm Datuk Seri Mortadza Nazerene said the passports held by the suspects linked to the scam had been revoked.
"We will be handing them over to the Immigration Department.
"The process of deportation will be done by the Immigration authorities," he said yesterday.
Comm Mortadza was asked to comment on the latest development into the case.
Police have constantly busted syndicates involved in Macau scams.
Early this year, Bukit Aman crippled a syndicate in a series of raids in the Klang Valley.
The syndicate was said to have cheated more than 100 Chinese citizens from the Jiangsu province of nearly 3.5mil yuan (S$733,444).
Earlier, Taiwan protested a recent deportation of 45 Taiwanese suspects to China by the Kenya government.
China had claimed jurisdiction in the case and were investigating the suspects for allegedly committing a wire fraud against victims in mainland China.
In response, the Taiwanese government said a delegation would be sent to Beijing to start negotiations over the issue.